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Does "A Course in Miracles" Really Mean What it Says?

By: Sharon Lee Giganti, 2010©

This document is designed to combat the assertion (from Course devotees) that Catholics and other critics of A Course in Miracles have "misinterpreted" it, or that it is to be understood and applied "only in a metaphysical sense"... or that "it applies only in the spiritual realm, but not the physical..."

A Listing of the “NO EXCEPTIONS” Directives Within The Text Of:
“A COURSE IN MIRACLES”

A List Compiled by: Sharon Lee Giganti (All emphasis mine)
All quotations are taken from the Combined Volume, Second Edition, of
A Course in Miracles

This document is designed to combat the assertion (from Course devotees) that Catholics and other critics of A Course in Miracles have "misinterpreted" it, or that it is to be understood and applied "only in a metaphysical sense"... or that "it applies only in the spiritual realm, but not the physical..."

Trust me-- as a former "Course" student and teacher, I can assure you that unfortunately, such is emphatically NOT the case. When the Course says, "The body is not real... the body is not a part of you..." and, "At no single instant does the body exist...", it means exactly what it says. The Course confirms this, IN IT'S OWN WORDS!!! (This document lists some of these specific quotes) And, yes—this is the same “A Course in Miracles” that is still being taught by Marianne Williamson, a lesson a day for 365 days, on Oprah Winfrey’s Official Website.

Many times, fans of A Course in Miracles, when hearing criticism of the Course’s bizarre claims, often say of former students of the Course, like myself, who are now denouncing it, that we’ve “misinterpreted” the ideas, or taken them too literally, or that the Course, “when properly understood”, would have the student use common sense when applying the ideas and perhaps make appropriate exceptions when the “situations” involve something like cancer or a heroin addiction, or something equally potentially hazardous.

The following quotations taken directly from the pages of A Course in Miracles, however, should suffice to prove that, in actuality, such an assertion is not true-- the student reading the Course is, in fact, directed by the Course itself, NOT to make ANY exceptions when it comes to the application of the ideas-- even when (according to Lesson 14) the student is being directed to “deny the reality” of such things as a war, or an airplane crash.

Page 2 of A Course in Miracle’s Workbook, for example, instructs the student to: “be sure that you do not decide for yourself that there are some people, situations or things to which the ideas are in-applicable.

All the examples below, of actual Course quotations, should come in handy for the critic of A Course in Miracles, who is being told that he or she has “misunderstood” it, or that the Course is only to be interpreted and applied in a “metaphysical” sense.

The sad fact is, A Course in Miracles itself states within its’ own pages that such is NOT the case! Therein lies the danger of the Course’s teachings.

But, could the Course really mean it, when it says things like, “the body is a dream” (vol. 2, pg 409) and “at no single instant does the body exist at all”? (vol. 1 pg. 362)

Unfortunately, the answer is “yes”, and for verification, one needs only to consult the actual text of the Course—and read the following passages:

“You have surely begun to realize that this is a very practical course, and one that means exactly what it says…”
---Text pg. 159

“The purpose of the workbook is to train your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world. The exercises are planned to help you generalize the lessons, so that you will understand that each of them is equally applicable to everyone and everything you see.”
---Workbook Intro to Lessons, pg. 1

There must be no exceptions. Your consistency is called on despite chaos. As long as you’re assailed by any doubt, His accomplishment is not apparent in you.”
---Text pg.110

“If true perception has been achieved in connection with any person, situation, or event, total transfer to everyone and everything is certain. On the other hand, one exception held apart from true perception makes its accomplishments anywhere impossible.”
--- Workbook Intro to Lessons, pg. 1

“The only general rules to be observed throughout, then are that the exercises be practiced with great specificity, as will be indicated… (Note: example of exercise: “…this war is not real, this earthquake is not real, this airplane crash is not real”… from Lesson 14) This will help you to generalize the ideas involved to every situation in which you find yourself, and to everyone and everything in it.

Second, be sure that you do not decide for yourself that there are some people, situations or things to which the ideas are in-applicable. This will interfere with the transfer of training. The very nature of true perception is that it has no limits. It is the opposite of the way you see now.”
---Workbook pg. 2

“The overall aim of the exercises is to increase your ability to extend the ideas you will be practicing to include everything.”
---Workbook pg. 2, #7

“Some of the ideas the workbook presents you will find hard to believe… they may seem quite startling. This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all, you are only asked to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and will show you they are true.”
---Workbook pg. 2, #8 (Note: Remember that Lesson 1 says, “This body does not mean anything…” and Lesson 13 says, “Nothing without meaning exists”. Also, Lesson 14 says, “God did not create that war, and so it is not real… God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real…” Are those ideas really “true”?)
Note: A Course in Miracles states, on page 2 of the Workbook, that using the ideas will show you “they are true”. Take a look at the last paragraph of Lesson 14; it says:

“The idea for today can, of course, be applied to anything that disturbs you during the day, aside from the practice periods. Be very specific in applying it. Say: “God did not create a meaningless world. He did not create [specify the situation which is disturbing you], and so it is not real.” (Note: What if the “situation” that is disturbing me is a cancer diagnosis—is it really “true” that the cancer is “not real”?)

“Remember only this; you need not believe the ideas, or accept them… or even welcome them… you may actively resist them... none of this will matter or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your reactions to the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your resistance to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.” (Note: Remember that Lesson 1 says that the body does not mean anything…)
---Workbook pg. 2 #8, #9

Make no allowance for differences in the ‘kinds’ of things to which they (the ideas) are applied. The statements should merely be applied to anything you see… use it totally indiscriminately—only be sure that nothing you see is specifically excluded. One thing is like another as far as the application of the idea is concerned.” (Note: remember, you’ve been told that their use will show you that ‘they are true’, and Lesson 1 says, “That body doesn’t mean anything”…)
---Workbook, Lesson 1

The Holy Spirit opposes the idea that differences in form are meaningful, emphasizing always, that these differences do not matter.”
---Text pg. 115

“For the body is a limit on love. The belief in limited love was its origin, and it was made to limit the unlimited. Think not that this is merely allegorical, for it was made to limit you.” ---Text pg. 364 (vol. 1) (Note: so, ‘you’ are unlimited?? Really??)

BOTTOM LINE: The handful of examples listed above should suffice to prove that any student of A Course in Miracles who actually applies the ideas and lessons of A Course in Miracles, to real people with real problems is not “mis-reading the text”, nor are they “misinterpreting the Course” or taking the directives, “out of context”.

Again, the text of A Course in Miracles states within it’s own pages that, “this is a very practical course, and one that means exactly what it says…”
---Text pg. 159

The rest of that paragraph, found on page 159 of the Text, has the supposed “Jesus” who dictated the Course to Helen Schucman saying, “I would not ask you to do things you cannot do, and it is impossible that I could do things you cannot do. Given this, and given this quite literally, nothing can prevent you from doing exactly what I ask, and everything argues for your doing it. I give you no limits because God lays none upon you.” End Quote

Of course, nothing could be farther from the Truth, and I know from past experience-- as a former student and teacher of the Course—that one is never farther from God’s Truth, than when one is reading, believing, and acting on the ideas found in A Course in Miracles.

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